Tuesday, August 18, 2009

reding Harry potter.

Wordle: Harry potter

The book is from j k rowling. it is a grate.

by oliver.

I am in second grade.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Back-To-School Food

Hey Parent readers! Hope your summer has been going good! Your kids will be going back to school in just a couple of weeks. I remember when I was younger, I used to ask my parents for food when I came home. So, I'm going to write some fun but healthy snacks for after-school or to take to school!

After-School Snacks:
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich (
- Oatmeal Cookie (
- Granola Bar (
- Fresh Fruit
- Yogurt

Can I recommend some On-The-Go Breakfast ideas? *wink wink*

- Dry Cereal (Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Cinnamon Toast) w/ bottled milk
- Graham Crackers (The bears are so cute!)
- Yogurt w/ cottage cheese
- A hard-boiled egg
- Sandwiches (Here is a link for different sandwich combinations)

Anyways, hope you continue to have a nice summer! Bye!

Pictures from Yahoo! Images

Monday, August 10, 2009

What Comes to School?

You've probably read Darien C.'s post about shopping for back-to-school supplies. Here are the specifics from the Grantzes and the teachers about what comes to school.

Kindergarten and first grade: Students should have a backpack to carry school work and sweaters. Hillwood supplies pencils and paper at this grade level. First graders should have a folder for homework assignments.

Second grade through fourth grade: Students need to bring wide-rule binder paper and binder, a few pencils, a ruler and a blue or black ball point pen for fourth-grade assignments. Art materials such as colored pencils, markers, or crayons will be needed. A back pack is also necessary for homework.

Fifth grade through eighth grade: Students need college role (regular) binder paper and binder, a few pencils, two ball-point pens, ruler, art materials, and a backpack to carry assignments. Additional supplies will be needed later during the year.

Bonus points if you bring in a box of Kleenex.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Words of Advice from Darien: What to Do Now; More Summer Fun in the Car, But Back to School Not So Far

Hey everyone, hope you are all having a great summer. I bet you are all having a great time going different places, seeing different things, doing fun activities, or even just relaxing at home.

But, now is the time you might start preparing for back to school. With school still about a month away for many kids, most people aren't thinking about supplies and other school needs right now. However if you are smart -- and I know you are -- why not get a head start.

Right now is a great time to start contemplating different things you may need for school and also to start buying. If you read my article on applying for high school or watched the video then you'll know I gave a few tips. Well, those tips can also be applied to now. Don't let the shopping overwhelm you and don't make a really big deal out of it. Also a good idea is to first make a list and also before you start your major shopping, if you are in a major store stop at the supplies section. This will help tell you where you can find what supplies and where you can get them for cheapest, which is a real help nowadays.

For example, if you are at Target or Walmart doing some shopping, stop at the supplies section and check out the different things you think you or your kid (if the parent is only one present), might need for school and then compare the prices and the amount with other stores. Also, look for sales that give you more for less. For example some stores have already started back to school sales. Take advantage of these sales and use them to purchase more supplies, which will help you in the long run, as you may not have to buy as many things the next year.

Anyways thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your summer. =)

Picture credit: Google images.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

An Email Message from "Words," aka Zara A.

The following is a note from Zara A., our contact in India for the Design for Giving Contest.
My name is Zara A., I just turned 18 and i am totally loving it! I am 100% indian though i have almost no command over any indian languages, i prefer to think of myself as linguistically challenged. I joined the "Design for Giving Contest" Team because my mom and Mrs Kiran Sethi, Principal of Riverside school, were college roommates and know each other well. I actually moved from Chennai, a city in the south of India, to Ahmedabad, which is in the west, to work on the competition. I just finished highschool and am currently doing a gap year to primarily introspect because I, like most teenagers, am not entirely sure what i want to do with my future.

The original team that worked on the contest was aged about 18 to 21 (me being the youngest technically) and we all served different purposes. I was in charge of letter writing, press releases, website content etc. so they nicknamed me 'Words'. It was an amazing experience to see how people who had just met each other formed a team that worked very well with one another and managed to actually produce something as large as the Design for Giving Contest. All together on of the most memorable things ii have ever done and i am so glad that you guys want to be apart of it =D

Looking forward to speaking to the kids! if you need any more answers please feel free to email me! oh and warn them that i do have an indian accent so they might have to speak slowly for me to understand and vice versa.


Photo credits: Images of
Ahmedabad from Wikipedia